More Infection Prevention Articles
How Does Endoscope Usage Contribute to Channel Damage and Contamination?
Preventing InfectionA study highlights the correlation between the use of accessories and increased bacterial attachment to an endoscope’s inner channels.
How to Distinguish Counterfeit PPE from The Real Thing
Prevention ChallengesSurgical masks and proper hand hygiene protect healthcare workers from COVID-19 during aerosol-generating procedures such as bronchoscopies. PPE is also vital to keeping endoscope reprocessing staffers safe.
‘You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know’: Common Misconceptions About Endoscope Reprocessing
Patient SafetyA recent review article from Michelle Alfa, a longtime medical device reprocessing researcher, explores many areas where endoscope reprocessing may fall short. Often, she notes, it’s because of a lack of knowledge about the proper protocol… “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
From Storage to Sterilization, What's New in Reprocessing Endoscopes?
Patient SafetyConcerns over cross-contamination and flexible endoscopes continue to fuel research and conversation around endoscope reprocessing best practices.